Do you wonder where all the time went while watching your favorite morning TV news program…even if you woke up early?
Today’s post is going to cover a different side of time management — how you manage your media intake in the morning!
The inspiration for this post occurred to me the other day as I was watching a morning TV news program. I personally find it difficult to get ready in the morning when watching TV news; there’s too many tantalizing interviews, news updates and the like that keep me interested and glued to the screen. I prefer the constant chatter of news radio, which allows me to do things around the house and get ready for the day without having to focus on a screen.
We have a lot of different methods of receiving news and information available to us in this day and age, but are you using the right one for your needs? Here are a few items to consider in your daily morning routine:
What news or information do you need in the morning?
Are you most interested in what the weather will be doing during the day? How about traffic? Perhaps you are more interested in the top news stories, sports and entertainment updates? List out the information you need to get ready for your day.
Try out different media.
Do you have a preferred morning information source? If so, do you know why? Are you able to focus and better retain the information presented to you or is your preference just out of plain old habit? Do you find yourself regularly losing track of time when tuning in? For example, right now you watch the weather on television and find yourself losing track of time, but you might find receiving weather email updates or checking a weather app on your phone to be quicker and more convenient for you. Experiment with the following information channels to see which ones work best for you:
- News radio stations
- Talk radio stations
- Morning music and entertainment radio shows
- Dedicated news, weather/traffic or sports channels
- Broadcast or cable morning talk/entertainment shows
- Internet radio (including any one of the above radio stations as well as daily pod casts)
- Dedicated apps (weather, traffic, news, sports, entertainment)
- Dedicated news, weather/traffic or sports channel websites
- Email updates from websites
- Social media feeds – Twitter feed, Facebook, etc.
Add your preferred media to your daily routine.
Once you’ve figured out the information you need as well as your preferred medium, add it into your daily routine and stick by it. Avoid any and all time-sucking media that don’t agree with your morning ritual; for example, you might become completely immersed when listening to classic rock stations in the morning and find yourself losing track of time easily. Remember, the goal of this exercise is to have you collect the information you need quickly so you can get on with your day. Carpe diem!
Now to you… what’s your favorite media outlet or method of receiving information in the mornings? Leave a comment below and join in the conversation!
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